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Coyotes goalie Smith excited about goal, pleased with team's recent stretch

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41), left, celebrates with Shane Doan (19) after scoring a third period goal during an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith scored a goal Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.

Telling Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf it was "pretty cool," Smith said the circumstances of the game led to the historic achievement.

"I always thought I would score," Smith admitted. "It's just the situation has to be absolutely perfect and like you guys saw, .1 seconds left it crosses the goal line.

"Everything worked out how it's supposed to when a goalie is able to score."

As exciting and noteworthy as the goal was, the most important part of the team's 5-2 victory over the Red Wings was that the score itself.

Winners of five of their last seven games -- and recipients of points in all seven -- the Coyotes seem to have finally gotten on track.

"We've played a lot more like we're capable of playing," Smith said, adding that the team received a bit of a wake up call in consecutive road losses to the San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders earlier in the month. "I think since then we've really given ourselves a really good chance to win hockey games by doing a lot of really good things in hockey games that make us successful.

"And we're getting rewarded because of it."

About the Author

School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.


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